Ransomware attack stops students’ online classes

If you’re an educator or deliver training online, have you considered what would happen if a cyber attack struck your system? You may be forced to pause your teaching or even close your institution.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reported last week that a school in the US had to stay closed after Thanksgiving because cyber criminals were holding their technology system hostage.

Malicious software known as Ransomware can be installed on a system so that users cannot access their data or use their devices. In the case of schools, this can be detrimental. Educational institutions rely on technology to deliver their classes and they also hold private information about students which should not be shared with the outside world.

Ransomware can enter a school’s system when a user clicks on an unknowingly malicious link in an email or internet pop-up. Teaching your staff and students how to spot scams like this is a great first step in reducing the risk of an attack.

The NCSC recommend that schools back up their most important files in an offline location so that if an attack did happen, the recovery is easier. You can read their guidance on mitigating malware and ransomware attacks on their website - www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/mitigating-malware-and-ransomware-attacks

If you’re an educator in the North East of England, we can help you protect your systems so you have peace of mind that your lessons can go ahead as planned. Please email us at enquiries@nebrcentre.co.uk.